The NSW Government is calling for community feedback on plans to develop the block around the Waterloo Metro Station.
If approved, the proposal will include a 1350 square metre public plaza, significant housing for students and affordable and social housing enabling key workers to live closer to their jobs.
The Waterloo Metro Quarter proposal includes State Significant Development applications for the block between Cope Street, Wellington Street, Botany Road and Raglan Street:
- a 9-17 storey office building in the northern precinct with retail on the base and offices above, including a pedestrian link from Raglan Street through to Cope Street Plaza;
- a 22-24 storey residential building in the central precinct with 150 apartments including 24 affordable housing units, a two-level childcare centre, ground-floor shops, a pedestrian link from Botany Road to Cope Street Plaza;
- a 25-storey building for 474 students and a nine storey building with 70 social housing units, with shops, a gym, a community space and a communal space for students in the southern precinct;
- a two-level basement across the site with parking for 155 cars, 13 motorcycles, and bicycles; and
- amendments to the current Concept Approval to change the northern building to predominantly office use and reducing its height on the northern end from 29 to 17 storeys.
Department of Planning, Industry, and Environment Executive Director of Regions, Industry and Key Sites, Anthea Sargeant, said community input is a vital part of the assessment process and encouraged everyone to have their say.
“The Waterloo Metro Quarter will be an important hub with residents and office workers just a few minutes train ride to the CBD,” Ms Sargeant said.
“Our role is to assess the application in consultation with the local community, government agencies and stakeholders and we are encouraging the community to share their views on the development above Waterloo Metro Station.
“After the exhibition closes, the Department will review all community submissions received, along with feedback from other government agencies and councils as part of its rigorous assessment process.”
The community is invited to have their say on the project by Wednesday 2 December 2020.